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Chiropractor

Chiropractors care for patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal adjustments, manipulation, and other techniques to manage patients' health concerns, such as back and neck pain. Chiropractors typically do the following: Assess a patient's medical condition by reviewing their medical history, listening to the patient's concerns, and performing a physical examinationAnalyze the patient's posture, spine, and reflexesConduct tests, including evaluating a patient's posture and taking x raysIdentify health problemsProvide neuromusculoskeletal therapy, which involves adjusting a patient's spinal column and other joints by handGive additional treatments, such as applying heat or cold to a patient's injured areasAdvise patients on health and lifestyle issues, such as exercise, nutrition, and sleep habitsRefer patients to other health care professionals, if neededChiropractors focus on patients' overall health. Chiropractors believe that misalignments of the spinal joints interfere with a person's neuromuscular system and can result in lower resistance to disease, as well as other conditions of poor health. Some chiropractors use procedures such as massage therapy, rehabilitative exercise, and ultrasound in addition to spinal adjustments and manipulation. They also may apply supports, such as braces or shoe inserts, to treat patients and relieve pain. In addition to operating a general chiropractic practice, some chiropractors concentrate in areas such as sports, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, or nutrition, among others. Chiropractors in private practice are responsible for marketing their businesses, hiring staff, and keeping records.
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Chiropractors typically have an interest in the Building, Thinking and Helping interest areas, according to the Holland Code framework. The Building interest area indicates a focus on working with tools and machines, and making or fixing practical things. The Thinking interest area indicates a focus on researching, investigating, and increasing the understanding of natural laws. The Helping interest area indicates a focus on assisting, serving, counseling, or teaching other people. If you are not sure whether you have a Building or Thinking or Helping interest which might fit with a career as a chiropractor, you can take a career test to measure your interests. Chiropractors should also possess the following specific qualities: Decision-making skills. Chiropractors must determine the best course of action when treating a patient. They must also decide when to refer patients to other health care professionals. Detail oriented. Chiropractors must be observant and pay attention to details so that they can make proper diagnoses and avoid mistakes that could harm patients. Dexterity. Because they use their hands to perform manual adjustments to the spine and other joints, chiropractors should be well-coordinated to perform therapy effectively. Empathy. Chiropractors often care for people who are in pain. They must be understanding and sympathetic to their patients' problems and needs.  Interpersonal skills. Chiropractors must be personable to keep clients coming to them. Also, because chiropractors frequently touch patients in performing therapy, they should be able to put their patients at ease.
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